CHICOPEE, Mass. – In the first night of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action, Southern Vermont College fell 62-44 at Elms College Tuesday night at Picknelly Arena.
The Mountaineers were led in scoring by sophomore captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) who had 19 while Blazer junior Denisha Parks (Fall River, Mass.) owned the night with game-highs of 29 points and 20 rebounds.
In the opening period, Elms posted a 20-16 advantage when Parks hit a jump shot at the 8:15 mark before Flagg made a layup with 7:10 remaining to pull the Mountaineers to within four at 20-16. Neither side made a shot until Blazer sophomore guard Jenna Oyler (Metuchen, N.J.) canned a pair of free throws with 3:41 remaining to spark an 8-5 run by Elms to close out the stanza and secure a 28-21 halftime lead.
After Parks netted a layup and junior forward JC Pickett (Chicopee, Mass.) hit the second of two free throws to give the Blazers a 10-point lead at 31-21 with 17:53 to play, Flagg scored the next seven points for Southern Vermont including a trey at the 16:33 mark to narrow Elms' lead to 31-28 with 15:33 on the clock.
Southern Vermont sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) then hit a jumper with 13:57 remaining to set the score at 34-30 in favor of the Blazers before Elms began to pull away. Elms junior guard Gianna Youngblood (East Freetown, Mass.) swished a three-pointer and freshman forward Heather Bailey (Williamstown, Vt.) powered in a layup to run the lead to nine at 39-30 with 12:07 to play, and the Mountaineers would get no closer than that margin.
Freshman Abbi Molner (Wilmington, Vt.) hit a jumper with 2:17 to play to pull Southern Vermont to within 10 points at 54-44, but the Blazers used an 8-0 run to close out the game which featured four made free throws by freshman guard Marissa Merrill (Meredith, N.H.), a layup from Parks and two made foul shots from freshman guard Emily Burr (East Hartford, Conn.).
Southern Vermont sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) played well down low recording 16 rebounds, seven on the offensive boards, and four blocks. Flagg added five steals and three assists while McDonald followed in scoring with 10 points to go along with four rebounds.
Youngblood dropped 15 points for the Blazers, and Burr finished with six points and four assists.
Both teams continue the league schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Mountaineers visit Daniel Webster College and Elms (2-2, 1-0 NECC) goes for its third straight at home against Mitchell College.